By: Leo D'Adderio
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14
Firstly, make sure that you have both computers connected to a network. In this case you will need a router. Once they are both connected, you will need to enable file sharing on either platform. On the Mac, you do this by selecting 'System Preferences' and then selecting Sharing and clicking the checkbox File Sharing. On the windows side, you will have to right click on a selected folder and chooosing 'Sharing'.
Now to view each other's files depends on the platform you are using. On the Mac, it depends on whether you are using Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 as there are slight differences. For 10.4, you simply double click on the hard drive and choose Network from the left hand side and several workgroup folders will show up. Depending on which workgroup folder the PC resides, you will need to click on that folder and select to see what computers are available. Double click on the network computer icon you wish to connect and you will be prompted with a window to login to the computer you wish to access and you are in.
With 10.5, all accessible computers on a network will show up in the left hand side of your finder. To access the computer on your network, simply click on the computer and the finder will display your connection as logged or as a guest. To connect as a logged in user, simply choose 'Connect As' button and you will be prompted with a login window.